High School Student Suspended For Wearing 'Nobody Knows I'm A Lesbian' Shirt

| by Brendan Kelly

A South Carolina high school student was suspended for wearing a t-shirt that says, "Nobody knows I'm a lesbian."

Briana Popour of Chesnee High School is openly gay. She said that she likes to wear the shirt to reach out to other gay students in the school.

School officials saw the shirt and gave Popour the choice of changing out of the shirt or going home.

"I've worn this shirt before and nobody's ever said anything," she said.

She pointed out to school administrators that shirts displaying one's sexual orientation is not prohibited by the school's dress code, to which they replied, "Well, not everything is in the handbook."

The school told WCBD 2 News that the shirt was "offensive and distracting" and pointed out that there is a section in the dress code prohibiting clothing that is "distracting, revealing, overly suggestive or otherwise disruptive." 

Briana's mother Barbara visited the school to speak to the specific administrator who made the call to suspend her daughter.

"He does not like people in his school wearing anything that says anything about lesbians, gays, or bisexuals," she said. 

Briana said that the shirt is about more than a slogan, but also an identity. She wants other gay students to know that they shouldn't be afraid to be themselves. 

"Isn't that what school is supposed to teach you?" she asked. "To be happy with who you are? Maybe people will be more comfortable showing who they are because you should be able to wear what you want to wear."

Sources: Talking Points Memo, WCBD 2

Photo Credit: Talking Points Memo